Rehabilitation Counseling

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Degree Offered Credits Online Classes Evening Classes Admissions Typical Length (mo)
MS 48 Fall 36

Program Description

The Hawai‘i Rehabilitation Counseling program (HRC) prepares graduate students to become successful practitioners and administrators in the field of vocational rehabilitation. This 48-credit distance education program leads to a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science, with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling. The HRC program requires 3 years of enrollment (6 credits/semester) in a hybrid online environment.

The HRC program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2017 . The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) sets the standard for quality rehabilitation counseling services in the United States and Canada and has developed its credentialing process to protect individuals with disabilities. Graduates of the HRC program are eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination.

HRC program graduates may also apply for State of Hawai‘i licensure as a Mental Health Counselor, provided they complete (1) the required post-graduate direct counseling work, (2) face-to-face clinical supervision within a two year period, and (3) pass the National Certified Counselor Examination.

Costs/Scholarships

Tuition fees are $514/credit with the estimated cost of $24,912 to complete the program. Qualified HRC students may apply for scholarships under the RSA Scholars program that cover the cost of tuition and books. In the 2013 Fall semester, fifteen students benefitted from RSA scholarships.

Student Enrollment and Employment Opportunities

Students in the HRC program benefit from a culturally-diverse student body, faculty and staff. The outcome of this type of experience is graduates who are prepared to work in a society with clients representing a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs (including individuals with disabilities, veterans, injured active duty service members, and citizens with cultural and language differences).

There are currently 20 students in this program (2 cohorts). In addition, six students have completed (or will complete) their coursework and are projected to graduate in 2013. The mean GPA of the last graduating cohort was 3.81 on a 4.0 scale. Graduates from the program work in a variety of public, non-profit, and private employment settings. These settings have included state and federal vocational rehabilitation agencies, mental health and substance abuse programs, community rehabilitation programs, veteran affairs offices, psychiatric and physical rehabilitation hospitals, and independent living agencies. The following table provides a breakdown of program statistics:

cohort entering>> 2009 2010* 2012*** 2013
# Students Entered Program 12 15 9 11
# Current Students by Cohort 0 3 6 11
# Students Graduated from Cohort 12 12** n/a n/a
Mean GPA at Graduation 3.75 3.81 - -
Average Time to Completion 3 years 3.4 years - -
Retention Rate (Grad/entered) 100% 80% - -
Employment rate (w/in 6mo grad) 100% - - -
Passing rate for CRC Exams 100% - - -

*Combined Sp2010 and F2010 Cohorts
** Includes students who have graduated + 3 who are projected to graduate in F2013
*** Did not start cohort in 2011
( - ) Information not yet available (e.g., students still in program)

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